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Versteeg week-to-week with groin injury

Kris Versteeg suffered a groin injury in San Jose that will keep him out of the lineup for a few weeks

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

LOS ANGELES, CA -- The Calgary Flames will be without the services of winger Kris Versteeg for a few weeks.

The 30-year-old suffered an injury in the early stages of the game on Thursday in San Jose, playing just 3:19. He was flown back to Calgary for evaluation, which determined he is week-to-week with the malady.

"It's his groin," head coach Glen Gulutzan said. "Those things can linger so we're looking at two or three weeks here, to see where he's at. He did tweak his groin a little bit but the beauty is that it's not completely gone or anything. He should be okay."

Versteeg, who signed a one-year contract with the team last month, has two goals and four points in 12 games with the Flames.

The Flames have not recalled a player from the Stockton Heat yet and will determine a course of action later on today. With Versteeg out, Freddie Hamilton draws back into the lineup this evening.

The Heat are off to a 4-2-1 start this season, which ranks them third in the American Hockey League's Pacific Division. Morgan Klimchuk leads the team in scoring with four goals and nine points in six games. Mark Jankowski (three goals, eight points) and Hunter Shinkaruk (four goals, seven points) round out the top three in Stockton scoring.

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